Betterment of the Series
Week 1 of January: Restraint will be reread again while I'm on vacation, as will Unleashed, with errors noted.
Week 2 of January: Restraint will be uploaded to create the print edition while Unleashed is with the betas. Dexter's rewrite.
Week 1 of February: Organizing Restraint's Relaunch while preparing Unleashed for print.
Week 2 of February: Restraint's Relaunch. Dexter's beta read. Dalton's rewrite.
Week 1 of March: Unleashed's Relaunch. Dalton's beta read.
Each rewrite will take approximately 3-4 weeks, depending on length, with the shorter books taking less, depending on difficulty of the changes, and the lengthier books taking a considerable amount of time.
Each beta read is exactly 14 days, with another week to process the changes.
Guesstimate: Restraint - Dalton will Relaunch every two weeks, with a lag for the Queen, since I will not release Jaded & Queened until Checkmate and the Omnibus edition are ready. I will be rewriting this three-book omnibus edition as if it were one book, giving myself a two-month time frame for completion, and a 3 week beta read as the betas will be reading Queen as a whole, not the individual books. Queen's tentative relaunch is set for week one of May.
I do not foresee significant changes to the books following Queen, other than heavy editing, a few added scenes, and any and all contradictions to the previous changes within the series removed. Don't quote me on that. Meaning, King, The Hunter, and Integrated should go quickly on the rewrite and subsequent beta read, but will still take an average on one month per title for my betas' comforts....
.... and then there is Faithless. Outlook, three months, with the end product as long as the Queen Omnibus, which in its current state is 1,224 pages in length.
"I won't rush. I will not rush. ERICA, YOU WILL NOT RUSH!"
I've repeated this mantra for the past few months, trying to slow myself down, remove the anxiety, and go at a steady pace as this is most definitely a sprint, not a marathon.
No one understands the impact of what I had to do this morning. I had to remove all of M&M from sale in both Amazon & B&N. I had 16 books for sale, contributing to my financial stability, and as of a few hours ago... I now only have 4, all offered at bottom-basement prices.
Regardless of the anxiety, the stress over making such a monumental decision, I believe it was the correct path of action. Not only for the M&M series, but for me as a writer as well. I don't want my current abilities to be judged on my past ignorance.
It takes a humble yet strong person to admit defeat, to pick themselves back up, and regroup. I will be a stronger person for this. I'll be more proficient in my writing, and my readers will thank me for amping up the entertainment value. But most importantly, my creations will be as I envisioned them.